In a poll of 29,000 British Medical Association members, ‘50 per cent of doctors and medical students believed medical professionals should be able to prescribe life-ending drugs for patients’, while ‘39 per cent of respondents opposed the suggestion’ and 11 per cent ‘were undecided’, prompting the speculation that ‘the shift in opinion could lead the union to drop the opposition it ha
A pastoral assistant who was dismissed for sharing a Facebook petition ‘against LGBT lessons’ was ‘fairly sacked’ according to an employment tribunal; 44-year-old mother-of-two Kristie Higgs ‘was dismissed for gross misconduct’ by Farmor’s school in Fairford, Gloucestershire, ‘after sharing Facebook posts criticising plans to teach LGBT relationships in primary schools’ in 2018, also making ‘comments raising concerns about relationship education at her son’s Church of England school’, where pupils ‘were to learn about the No Outsiders in Our School programme.’
Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has pledged to ‘make Roe v Wade the “law of the land” if the landmark abortion law is overturned by a conservative majority in the US Supreme Court’, saying on Monday night that if Mr Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett is appointed: ‘“The only responsible response to that would be to pass legislation making Roe the law of the land. That’s what I would do”’.
Channel 4’s Adult Material, ‘a four-part drama about the sex industry’ is a tale about a British porn actress who is also ‘a busy mother making sure she’s home in time to make the kids’ tea and get their PE kit ready’; pornography has bought ‘Hayley Dollar’ a ‘nice house in the suburbs, a private education for her daughter and a convertible’, and as she juggles her roles of mother and porn star - thinking domestic thoughts while in ‘the height of “passion” on a film shoot’ - the drama mines ‘[t]he distance between f
Ann Wills says that former medical director of Public Health England, Prof Paul Cosford, now backs ‘assisted dying after developing incurable lung cancer’, describing ‘the current law as “inhumane”’; he is calling on ‘the Government to understand why “rational, law-abiding people sometimes feel compelled to travel to Switzerland”’ after ‘some MPs suggested the law could be changed within four years’.
Sir David Attenborough, in his new Netflix series A Life on Our Planet, is shown ‘treading through the skeletal ruins of Chernobyl, picking over the fragments of Pripyat’ – one of the eeriest reminders of what unchecked human rapacity can cost us’; but ‘with foxes wandering through old homes’ these scenes are, according to TV reviewer Tim Robey, ‘a neat fit with Attenborough’s mission statement to “re-wild the world”’ – an ‘urgent’ message insisting that human ‘diets need recalibrating with less meat consumption.